Bangladesh ended their long losing streak in Test cricket on Monday and dedicated the rare victory over Zimbabwe to the hundreds of people who died in the building collapse back home last week.
Fast bowler Robiul Islam,who won man of the series,said simply it was for the people in Savar after Bangladesh rebounded from a heavy defeat in the first match to level the short series with a first victory in four years by 143 runs.
Bangladeshs last win came in a 2-0 whitewash over the West Indies in 2009,and they had only won three Tests in more than a decade of playing the five-day format before the win at Harare Sports Club. A Test win is a big achievement for us, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.
Ziaur Rahman took 4-63 on debut and spinner Shakib Al Hasan 3-52 for the tourists as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 257 in their second innings on the final day of the second Test well short of the target of 401 they had been set by the dominant Bangladeshis.
Masakadzas ton in vain
Hamilton Masakadza was 111 not out after hitting four sixes for Zimbabwes only meaningful resistance,but Bangladesh still closed out the big win to end a run of nine straight series losses.
Bangladeshs long-awaited success was built on their first-innings 391 after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim responded with scores of 60 and 93 in the two innings to win man of the match,and Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain also made two half-centuries to keep the tourists in control throughout.
Robiul had 5-85 in Zimbabwes first innings of 282 and led the series with 15 wickets. Rahman spearheaded the attack in the second innings as the Zimbabweans missed out on the chance to win their first series in five and their first multi-Test series since winning in Bangladesh in 2004.
Bangladesh wrapped up the morale-boosting win when Shakib had Kyle Jarvis lbw for 7,allowing the players to grab stumps as souvenirs and celebrate a victory for the first time in 18 Tests.
brief scores: Bangladesh 391 & 291/9 dec bt Zimbabwe 282 & 257 all out in 95.3 overs (H Masakadza 111*; Z Rahman 4/ 63,Shakib Al Hasan 3/52)